Every night after tucking my children into bed, I would kiss and hug them, whispering, "sweet dreams", it had always been my ritual but one night one of my children was most definately not having sweet dreams, Leah and Seth had been fast asleep for hours, Harry and I had not long fallen asleep when I sat bolt upright in bed, awoken by screams from Seths room.
Flinging back the covers I jumped out of bed and raced down the hall to Seths room, who was sitting up in bed, with his little arms outstretched, tears streaming down his face, I scooped him up in my arms and together with Harry who had now joined us, slowly began walking around his room, gently patting his back, soon enough he began to calm down, his sobs slowing, "Its ok Seth", I soothed, brushing his hair from his face, "it was only a dream baby, only a dream", a noise from the doorway produced Leah, half asleep still and rubbing her eyes with the backs of her hands, "whats all the racket, where's the fire", she yawned, "I'll deal with this love", Harry whispered and with a quick ruffle of Seth's hair he was gone, leading Leah back down the hall to her room, all the while I could hear her mumbling, "but what happened dad, whats wrong with him".
Smiling at my beautiful five year old boy, I sat down on the edge of his bed and cradled him in my lap, finally his little sobs subsided and he proceeded to tell me all about the boogey man, how he overheard Leah and the other kids saying, "He comes to get you in your sleep he does". Shaking my head and frowning, "Oh Seth, no that is not true baby, you can't listen to them, who else was there". "Oh", he said, "there was Becca and Sam Rachi, Jakey and Embry, yep all the really big kids", he confirmed. "Ohh", I nodded, all the while rubbinng his back, "Well don't you worry about them ok, your Mom is going to talk to Leah and all those big kids and you don't have to worry about those scary stories anymore, noone is coming to get you in your sleep and everything is going to be ok". "Can I sleep with you and Daddy, mom"? Looking into those big brown eyes, I just didn't have the heart to say no, "Ok sweetheart lets go". So safely snuggled in between Harry and I and hugging his favourite bear, my little boys eyes again grew heavy as I kissed his forehead once more and wished him sweet dreams.